Rape and sexual violence are extremely widespread in DR Congo. You can help women survivors of sexual violence rebuild their lives through medical and legal aid and support services.
Tragically, Congo ranks high (2nd after Afghanistan) on the list of the most dangerous countries in the world to be a woman. An estimated 1,150 girls and women are raped every day in DR Congo. In the North Kivu province, especially the city of Goma which has been plunged in deep unrest for almost 20 years, populations live in a situation of chronic insecurity.
Some of the women subjected to sexual violence are left to die, while others are forced to live with the devastating effects of the psychological and physical trauma that they have endured. Fistula, female genital prolapse, HIV/AIDS, mutilation, broken bones, and infection are some of the consequences of these brutal attacks on girls and women. Meanwhile, the perpetrators of these crimes often go unpunished – poverty combines with fear of retaliation, stigma and lack of awareness of their rights to prevent most women from taking legal action against their aggressors.
The solutions we're proposing
W4’s field project, the Alpha Ujuvi Collective, assists girls and women in Goma in their recovery from physical and psychological trauma and helps them rebuild their lives by providing a comprehensive support program that includes vital medical care and legal aid. In addition to medical treatment, counseling and legal aid to help the women prosecute their attackers, the program includes educational services and vocational training in order to help the girls and women become self-sufficient and establish vital income-generating activities.
The impact of giving
By bringing life-saving medical attention and legal assistance to survivors of sexual violence, you can offer these girls and women the renewed opportunity of a healthy, peaceful life.
Help ensure that Congolese girls and women who have survived sexual violence do not have to live in pain and fear. Give them the opportunity to build bright, hopeful futures for themselves and their families!